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Combining JiTT with Wikis in Physics Classrooms
  Location: HC 3048
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 2:25 PM -2:35 PM
  Author: Hashini Mohottala, University of Hartford
860-208-3685, mohottala@hartford.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: I report the combined use of Just in Time teaching (JiTT) and Wikispace (wikis) in an introductory-level physics class. Wikis helps students, instructors and technology to interact with one another. A core element of JiTT is interactive lectures. Although these teaching tools have been used separately in physics classrooms over the years, the combination will be a new experience for both physics instructors and students. During this exercise, I carefully picked relevant physics problems and posted them on the Wikis weekly, using it as a platform for students to meet online and discuss problem solving strategies. The students were supposed to discuss and find the methods to solve the problems and not get the final answer in numerical forms. This activity helped students enhance their critical thinking abilities and as the Wiki page administrator, I was able to track all the write-ups, edits and allocate the necessary grades.
  Footnotes: None
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